Saturday, April 9th, 2016

 

New Israeli settlement plan in occupied Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)- Israeli occupation authorities have recently published four new tenders for the establishment of hotels, commercial offices, and park in Ma’aleh Adumim settlement illegally built in occupied east Jerusalem, Kol Ha’ir Hebrew newspaper revealed. According to the weekly newspaper, a hotel will be established on an area of 2.2 acres near the municipality headquarters. The 6-story hotel will be the first of its kind to be built in Ma’aleh Adumim illegal settlement. Commercial shops and offices will be also established in the industrial zone in Mishor Adumim. Israeli municipalityRead More


Kerry arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit to support unity government: AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Kabul Saturday on an unannounced visit to show support for the Afghan unity government and the peace process with the Taliban. Kerry, who is due to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, “will emphasise US support for the Government of Afghanistan” and its defence forces, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. America’s top diplomat, who has been deeply involved in Afghanistan for the past few years, will also “express support for the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts toRead More


Dozens Punished by T.S.A. for Whistle-Blowing Are Later Exonerated

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Transportation Security Administration employees in recent years have been reassigned, demoted, investigated or fired for reporting lapses or misconduct by senior managers, charges that were later upheld by whistle-blower protection agencies, records show. Even as the T.S.A., under renewed scrutiny after the terrorist attacks in Belgium, works to assure the public that airports in the United States are safe, a review of federal records and interviews with current and former employees show the agency is troubled by internal problems. According to the Office of Special Counsel,Read More


North Korea unveils homemade engine for missile capable of striking U.S.

TOKYO — North Korea has unveiled what it said was a domestically designed engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, the latest in a steady drumbeat of threats coming from Kim Jong Un’s regime. Saturday’s announcement, through the official Korean Central News Agency, could not be immediately verified. But analysts said Pyongyang’s constant boasts of military advances­ have sent a clear message to the United States. “With all the missiles they’re building, the ranges are getting longer and they’re going to be able to throwRead More


Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for “decisive” battles in its upcoming spring offensive. Mansour was declared Taliban leader last summer after the announcement of long-term chief Mullah Omar’s death, but many top commanders refused to pledge their loyalty alleging that he rigged the hastily organised selection process. Despite the infighting, the group saw a new resurgence under the firebrand supremo last year with striking military victories. Analysts predict that thisRead More


In first, SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform

MIAMI — After four failed bids SpaceX finally stuck the landing Friday, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space. Images of the tall, narrow rocket standing on a platform that SpaceX calls a droneship sparked cheers and screams of joy at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. “The first stage of the Falcon 9 just landed on our Of Course I Still Love You droneship,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter, after launch from Cape Canaveral,Read More


2 killed in apparent murder-suicide at Air Force base in Texas, authorities say

HOUSTON — At least two people died in an apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base just outside San Antonio on Friday morning, officials said. Texas military facilities have experienced other shootings in recent years, and the incident prompted a lockdown of the base at about 8:45 a.m. Central Time, with law enforcement swarming the Medina Annex entrance, according to Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman James Keith. “Bexar County deputies made entry and searched room by room, floor by floor and found two bodies,” Keith told the Los Angeles Times. TwoRead More


US asks judge to seal files in case over CIA sex case leaks

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department urged a U.S. judge late Friday to keep secret many of the court records in the now-abandoned lawsuit over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus. The files include transcripts of sworn interviews with senior Obama administration officials about the sex scandal and its fallout. Government lawyers said unsealing some of the files “would publicize details of a criminal investigation that concluded without charges being filed.” Other records contain or describe confidential statements provided to FBI agents,Read More


‘A premature and unnatural death’ in rural Oklahoma

TECUMSEH, Okla. — They had been expecting a full processional with a limousine and a police escort, but the limousine never came and the police officer was called away to a suspected drug overdose at the last minute. That left 40 friends and relatives of Anna Marrie Jones stranded outside the funeral home, waiting for instruction from the mortician about what to do next. An uncle of Anna’s went to his truck and changed from khakis into overalls. A niece ducked behind the hearse to light her cigarette in theRead More


سرکاری ٹی وی پرخطاب کا حق صرف صدر اور وزیراعظم کو حاصل ہے، پرویزرشید

اسلام آباد: وفاقی وزیر اطلاعات پرویز رشید کا عمران خان کی جانب سے سرکاری ٹی وی پر خطاب کے اعلان پر کہنا ہے کہ پی ٹی وی پر قوم سے خطاب کا حق صرف صدر اور وزیراعظم کو حاصل ہے۔ تحریک انصاف کے چئیرمین عمران خان کے سرکاری ٹی وی پر قوم سے خطاب کے مطالبے پر اپنے ردعمل میں پرویز رشید کا کہنا تھا کہ سرکاری ٹی وی پر تقریرکرنے کا حق ملک کے صدر اور وزیراعظم کو حاصل ہے جب کہ عمران خان کا مطالبہ مضحکہ خیز ہے۔ وفاقیRead More


بھارت کا امریکا سے جدید ٹیکنالوجی کے حامل 40 ڈرونز خریدنے کا منصوبہ

نئی دلی: بھارت کے جنگی جنون نے خطے میں ہتھیاروں کا عدم توازن برقرار رکھا ہواہے کیونکہ آئے روز ہتھیاروں کی خریداری سے بھارت کی جنونیت عیاں ہے اور اب ایک بار پھر بھارت نے امریکا سے جدید ٹیکنالوجی کے حامل ڈرونز خریدنے کا منصوبہ بنایا ہے جو بھارتی جنگی جنونیت کا منہ بولتا ثبوت ہے۔ بھارتی میڈیا کے مطابق بھارت امریکا سے 40 انتہائی جدید ٹیکنالوجی کے حامل پریڈیٹر ڈرونز خریدنے کا منصوبہ رکھتا ہے جس کے لیے امریکی حکام سے بات چیت جاری ہے جب کہ ڈرونز خریدنے کا مقصد پاکستانRead More


جامع حکمت عملی کے ذریعے پاکستان سے دہشت گردی کا مکمل خاتمہ کیا جا رہا ہے، ملیحہ لودھی

نیو یارک: اقوام متحدہ میں پاکستان کی مستقل مندوب ملیحہ لودھی کا کہنا ہے کہ جامع حکمت عملی کے ذریعے ملک سے دہشت گردی کا مکمل خاتمہ کیا جا رہا ہے۔ نیویارک میں امریکی وارکالج کے طلبا سے ملاقات کے دوران ملیحہ لودھی کا کہنا تھا کہ افغانستان میں امن پاکستان اور خطے کے لئے ضروری ہے، پاکستان افغان مفاہمتی عمل میں اپنا کردارادا کرنے کے لئے تیار ہے جب کہ علاقائی روابط کا فروغ، دہشت گردی کاخاتمہ، معیشت کی بحالی اور پر امن ہمسائیگی پاکستان کی ترجیحات ہیں۔ اقوام متحدہ میں پاکستانRead More